City lawyer frustrated by vandalism

Stephen Brun
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SUMMERSIDE – They say a broken mirror means seven years of bad luck, but Bloyce McLellan’s windows have been causing him plenty of headaches lately too.

Bloyce McLellan surveys damage done to the front window of his Central Street office over the weekend. The local lawyer thinks crowds from nearby bars are to blame for two vandalism incidents at the building in the past month, and hopes the city will review its weekend policing budgets.

The Summerside lawyer’s office on Central Street has been damaged on two separate occasions in just over a month, with the latest incident coming this past weekend.

One of the McLellan, Brennan building’s windows was smashed out completely on Sept. 15, and staff arrived to work Monday morning to find a large crack in a different window.  

Still, McLellan doesn’t believe his office is being specifically targeted by vandals.

“I think it’s just random vandalism. We’re not too far from the bars here,” he said.

“We don’t want to be driven out just because of vandalism. Moving is not something we’re considering.”

Summerside police Sgt. Barry Arsenault said officers were called to McLellan, Brennan to survey the damage, which appears to be a pressure crack that broke when someone either stumbled into the window or struck it with a blunt object.

Leads are difficult to come by in cases like these, but police are asking anyone with information to contact the detachment at 432-1201.

McLellan is frustrated by the repeated damage. He said it cost between $600 and $700 to replace the window smashed in the September incident, and expects repairs to be around $400 this time.

The building has been a frequent target for graffiti artists in years past, and McLellan said he’d previously had another window shot out by someone with a pellet gun.

While he doesn’t want to move the firm to another location, McLellan said he thinks City Hall could budget more money for policing in problem areas on weekends.

“I think that they’re probably going to increase their budget and put more (officers) on, particularly around certain areas of the city more prone to violence and vandalism,” he said. “The police department has always done a good job here, but they can only do so much with the budget that they have. Businesses have to operate, and we can’t have this kind of thing continuing.”

Arsenault said scheduling six or seven officers on Friday and Saturday nights is standard practice. He said five officers were on duty last weekend.

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Recent comments

  • Vicky
    October 23, 2012 - 17:31

    Have a security camera positioned to surveil this window; or check into alternatives for current type of window glass, or some means to protect the glass (shutters, grill). To those damaging other people's property: go home and wreck your own stuff.

  • R Gallant
    October 23, 2012 - 14:11

    ..... so quick to point your finger at the "drunks from the bars"... what about the younger crowd that hang around the streets of Summerside till all hours of the night vandalizing stuff..?? instead of blaming "the bar crowd", why not take some of your yearly Lawyer salary and install a couple of discreet little security cameras around your building??? if it is a drunk or someone with a grudge, problem solved!!!

    • B Ralph
      October 26, 2012 - 12:52

      Why should he, the victim, have to pay for the vandalism of others? His "Lawyer Salary" is irrelevant to the matter at hand. For one thing, he may have security cameras already placed at his firm. Was there any evidence in the article that says he didn't? I find it very ironic and hypocritical that you say not to "point fingers" when you are very judgmental yourself. How tiring it is to see the third parties blame the victims because of jealously or false opinion. What a shame.

  • Concerned Taxpayer
    October 23, 2012 - 10:52

    I do feel sorry for the Law Firm, this is two incidents within a month. How come the Police did not find this damage until Monday morning , than only after they were called by someone. Five Police Officers on duty sat night and noone from the Police found this??? Where are they, downtown is such a ghost town and still damage of this magnitude occurs and goes unnoticed. Chief Poirier should reflect back to how Police work was really done and have his officers on foot [patrol in stead of driving around counting telephone poles. This is absolutely unacceptable in this day and age, not to mention the way our tax dollars are being spent paying their salaries.

    • Jarrod
      October 23, 2012 - 13:15

      Well why don't you go down to the cop shop and drop off your résumé? You obviously have all the answers!

    • Jarrod
      October 23, 2012 - 13:15

      Well why don't you go down to the cop shop and drop off your résumé? You obviously have all the answers!

  • mike cannon
    October 23, 2012 - 10:50

    The Tap Room scrappers at it again

  • don
    October 23, 2012 - 10:49

    i am sure the budget will be less to help save money to cover the millions they gave away.